Maui students place fourth in national 'auto skills' competition

Maui students place fourth in national 'auto skills' competition

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two students from Maui High School placed in the top five nationally at the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Finals Tuesday morning. 

The competition is designed to find the best automotive technology students across the United States.

Joseph Burger and David Casayuran took 42 minutes and 17 seconds to repair their deliberately bugged 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback at Ford Motor Company world headquarters, earning fourth place in the competition.

The top six finishers in Tuesday's national finals with perfectly repaired vehicles were: Oregon, Alaska, North Carolina, Hawaii, Virginia and California.

The students were coached by Maui High Instructor Shannon Rowe. This was his fifth trip to the national finals as an instructor.

"My students were very prepared for this highly competitive national final and they did a great job of repairing the vehicle," said Rowe. "I couldn't be prouder of them and they deserve all the credit for their efforts. The team and I thank our families, our fellow instructors Neill Nakamura and Dennis Ishii and the awesome people of Hawaii."
Student teams from Maui High have represented the state at the national finals for at least 19 years, almost annually since 1992. They've placed in the top 10 for 12 years and won national titles in 1995 and 2000. The 2013 student team placed fifth.

The competition which was held in Dearborn, Michigan was sponsored by Ford Motor Company and AAA.

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.